Whether you’re an L.A. native or just passing through (a.k.a visiting but also falling in love and possibly moving?), you know as well as we do that when it comes to picking the best place to stop for a bite, the possibilities are kind of endless. Which is good, since it means something for everyone, but bad, since it means the chance of you actually settling on place are super slim. Luckily, we’ve scoured the options to pinpoint some of the best spots to hit up for lunch. Whether you’re in the mood for avocado toast and poke bowls or are feeling a sweet little hole-in-the-wall café, we’ve got you covered.
419 N CANON DRIVE, BEVERLY HILLS, CA | CAFEGRATITUDE.COM
COME FOR: the delicious and intensely spicy Buffalo cauliflower appetizer, and the hearty Mexican bowl as an entree.
AND DRINK: the spirit animal (citrusy and spicy – what more could you ask for?).
624 S LA BREA AVE, LOS ANGELES, CA | REPUBLIQUELA.COM
COME FOR: the different toast appetizers they offer like eggs and foie gras, and the delicious battered soft shell crab.
AND DRINK: a nice glass of French white wine to compliment the seafood you’ll surely devour.
Little Next Door
8142 W 3RD ST, LOS ANGELES, CA | LITTLENEXTDOOR.COM
COME FOR: the shareable, soupy Bouillabaisse and the famous cème brûlée.
AND DRINK: a glass of Moscato or the carbonated French strawberry lemonade that comes in a glass bottle.
8310 W 3RD ST, LOS ANGELES, CA | SIMPLETHINGSRESTAURANT.COM
COME FOR: the to-die-for harvest salad and tons of yummy sandwiches, like BBQ pulled pork and one that is Thanksgiving-themed (yum!).
AND DRINK: a refreshing Arnold Palmer or a cold espresso.
451 S HEWITT ST, LOS ANGELES, CA | URTHCAFFE.COM
COME FOR: their out-of-this-world pizzas (d’lox, sunrise) and salty panini prosciutto di parma.
AND DRINK: a milky thai red tea latte, which is not too sweet but not too strong.
Malibu Farm Pier Cafe
23000 PACIFIC COAST HWY, MALIBU, CA | MALIBU-FARM.COM
COME FOR: the open-faced Greek omelette with shaved Brussels sprouts, almonds, arugula, and avocado. (Um, yes, yes, yes, and yes.)
AND DRINK: one of their freshly squeezed juices, like the kale apple juice.
The Butcher’s Daughter
1205 ABBOT KINNEY BLVD, VENICE, CA | THEBUTCHERSDAUGHTER.COM
COME FOR: the surfer’s breakfast burrito for lunch (meatless) or yummy sticky buns.
AND DRINK: the hangover killer juice (talk about useful).
Zinc Cafe & Market
580 MATEO ST, LOS ANGELES, CA | ZINCCAFE.COM
COME FOR: the burrito bowl filled with sour cream, avocado, pico de gallo, and cabbage.
AND DRINK: a Bloody Mary to help you get through the rest of the day.